Alpine’s Esteban Ocon is happy with his performance in Silverstone as he struggled in previous races, finishing four times outside of the points.

The French driver is using a new chassis for the British Grand Prix after he asked his team to improve as many parts as possible in a quest to fix most of his struggles with the car.

He qualified 13th for Sprint Qualifying, and despite missing out on the final qualifying session and being out-qualified by his teammate, Ocon said it was a “massive step” forward.

“I am happy. We were one second off the pace in the last Austrian race and this time we were where the car was [meant to be] so I feel like it was a massive step,” Ocon said.

“I have to thank the guys for the job that they did for the whole week, searching and trying to get rid of any doubts and we definitely have more pace. It is good.”

Talking about his qualifying performance, he blamed some of his struggles on traffic.

“It is a shame about the last run as it was a mess on track,” he said. “There were a lot of cars overtaking in the queue and that made us struggle with the tires a little bit.

“We lost a tenth to start the lap and that was it. That is what you need to get into Q3. But the pace is back and that is good news.”

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